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TIPEC at the NEC Sean Smallman reports back from biggest show of the year, with photos by Kevin Day and Paul Bird. The NEC Classic Motor Show is regarded by many as the end of season finale. The last opportunity in 2007 for petrolheads to drool over metal and to buy the bits we need to improve our Porsches over the winter months. There are five halls, including the MPH show, to get around so if you do plan on going in 2008 give yourself plenty of time and wear comfortable shoes. Another tip would be to bring your own

food, the prices at the show were ridiculous: £6 for a cheeseburger and nearly £3 for a large coffee! As in previous years the Club had a display at the show. This was organised by John Brookes, RO for the Central Region. The seven Porsches on the TIPEC stand looked magnificent: beautifully detailed, ready to wow the visitors. We also had a great position in the coveted Hall four, the first stand you see upon

Amazing paintwork on this Karmann Ghia from the Meguiars stand

entrance and opposite the Buggatti Owners Club, who had a Veyron and an even more valuable 1925 supercharged 35B on display. From the second the doors opened to the public we were busy talking Porsche and that continued right the way through to Sunday evening when the show closed. The informal layout of the stand meant that the public could get close to the cars and chat to the owners. The comfy seating area

The new French PGO Speedster, based on the shape of a classic 356

The NEC Classic Motor Show is probably the last time many classic cars will leave the garage until the spring next year. Car clubs exhibit at The Classic Motor Show to promote their club/marque, to secure new members, to sell club regalia and simply because it’s a great opportunity to meet friends old and new while showing off some spectacular cars! If you are looking to buy a classic then, before you do, it is well worth talking to the club specific to your car of choice for advice. Most clubs also benefit from discount parts and insurance schemes for their members and have regular events and social scenes of their own. With around 170 clubs exhibiting each year, The Classic Motor Show is THE place to find and join the club for you!

All Torque 67  

The magazine of The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC) in the UK. Issue 67, December 2007.